What is retail medicine, and should it be of concern to health care managers and leaders in for-profit and not-for-profit environments?
Retail medicine has been described as health care services that are provided in “retail settings” or nonhospital, nontraditional medical environments (Nash, Jacoby, and Murtha, 2008). Examples of retail medicine include minor emergency health care clinics. (Burns 413) It should be a concern to health care managers and leaders in for-profit and not-for-profit environments because these retail clinics or convenient care clinics offer walk-in services for a limited scope of medical conditions from minor sore throats and ear infections to preventative services such as flu shots, vaccinations, and health screenings (Nash, Jacoby, and Murtha, 2008). They are usually staffed by advanced practice health professionals such as nurse practitioners (NPs) or physician’s assistants (PAs).
Many of the convenient care clinics are members of the Convenient Care Association (CCA). The CCA is an organization of health care systems and companies that offer accessible, cost-effective, quality health services located in retail-based environments (Convenient Care Association, 2008). Executive management for the CCA is provided by a nonprofit public health institute, the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). (Burns 414)
Burns, Lawton, Elizabeth Bradley, Bryan Weiner. Shortell and Kaluzny’s Healthcare Management: Organization Design and Behavior, 6th Edition. Cengage Learning, 01/2011. VitalBook file.
Select an ACHE Ethical Policy Statement to review. In your own words, what is the issue or dilemma that the statement addresses?
DECISIONS NEAR THE END OF LIFE
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) expects healthcare executives to be committed to the compassionate and competent care of dying patients. It is ethical to have an individual sign power of attorney, DNR- do not resuscitate, and to have a living will, with this said the individual will have his/her will regarding treatment when he/she is in an end of life situation. When an individual is in an end stage it is important to decide what your wishes would be if you wish for the physician to continue to keep you alive as much as possible, or if you would just want go with the divine to do his will. With this said you would need to know if you would like to go to hospice, hospice is an end of life support keeping the patient calm and comfort until the divine decides to take the life away. The ACHE expects that all the healthcares promotes end of life decision to help the in